When Stars Collide (Micalea Smeltzer)

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We were like two stars orbiting each other — dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.

Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend.

Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them because her brother would never approve. Now, they’re married — the strongest bond you can have as a couple — and they’re not even a real couple… unless they want to be.

Thea wants an annulment immediately, but Xander’s waited too long to see her become his and he won’t let her go easily.

If she wants a divorce, fine, but he wants the summer to convince her that he’s the one. If at the end of the summer she still wants to end their marriage he’ll sign the papers, but until then…

All is not fair in love and war.


This was yet another buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

Ok guys, I’ll start by saying that I love these types of forbidden romances, where the girl and the brother’s BFF fall in love. I also like impromptu weddings in Las Vegas… this was my second book of the month with that theme. But THIS book?! It just didn’t work on any front!

The book starts jumping right into action, as in, the morning after the two main characters get married in Las Vegas. The problems started here. While the situation itself was fun and might have even been hilarious, it lacked context. I haven’t read book 1 in the series, but the blurb was clear: it said that this could be read as a standalone, but I don’t think that was a bright idea. I think the start of the book only works if you know and already love the characters, and I didn’t know them at all!

The problems kept piling up for me. I didn’t like Thea at all, she was too young, too whiny and too lost, which are all fine things because she was only 19, but they didn’t work at all with the plot of this book. The age difference from Xander to Thea, though not big, was also exacerbated by the plot, because Xander ended up feeling a lot older than his 22 years of age, while Thea seemed way younger than her 19 by comparison.

I did like Xander, he was sure of himself, he knew what he wanted, and he fought for those things, so good for him. He was also super sweet!

But this book tried too hard! Everything happened. The wedding, pregnancy scares, family disapproving, secrets kept, dogs adopted, family drama, more family drama… EVERYTHING HAPPENS! And it’s just too much. I get that the whole goal of the book is showing how they come together and face their problems together, but the “problems” were just too damn much.

While they were cute together, the characters by themselves weren’t much. There is some growth, but I honestly couldn’t connect with anyone on this book.

The plot didn’t work for me at all. I felt like this type of story needed slightly more mature protagonists, because I didn’t buy that Thea was ready for their marriage, not even by the end of the book.

Finally, I need to talk about the writing. This was the first thing that got to me… I didn’t like it at all. The style was too direct, harsh and blunt, and not in a good way. The pacing was all kinds of off, but that’s maybe because the plot tried to hold so much, that the pacing was way – WAY – too fast. Then there was the problem of repetition. The same thoughts were repeated several times, and again, it was too much.

When Stars Collide was just not for me, and I can’t really recommend it, unfortunately.

Have you read this one? What are your thoughts on it?

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